STUDENT SUMMER AID PROGRAM
In Upper Bucks and Montgomery Counties, an average of 20 percent of students received school-subsidized meals during the school year. To help those children when school's out, Keystone Opportunity Center's Summer Aid Program provides kid-friendly snacks and foods to students who are at risk of food insecurity.

Because of the ever-increasing number of students struggling with food insecurity, Keystone is expanding the Summer Aid Program to over 450 children this year. Keystone Opportunity Center’s passion is helping those struggling with food, housing, and literacy challenges in our local area. Over the last 40+ years, generous donations from people like you have allowed Keystone to meet the needs as they have risen in the lives of our neighbors.

Keystone needs your help in building support for the program! Please spread the word about the Summer Aid Program to your neighbors, ensuring that these additional children get the food they need throughout the summer. We know that you will rally support to help these local families in need. No child should have to face the challenge of not having enough food this summer.

To learn more about Keystone Food Pantry’s Summer Aid Program and the Leah, we invite you to watch a 3 minute video at www.keystoneopportunity.org/HannahStory/.
NEW PANTRY SUPPLY OPPORTUNITY
If your pantry purchases food directly from grocery stores, you may be interested in Fare & Square, a nonprofit grocery store in Chester, PA. As part of the Philabundance family, Fare & Square's mission is to eliminate “food deserts” in impacted communities and provide easy access to healthy fruits, vegetables, and affordable grocery staples such as deli meats and cheeses, butchered meat, fresh dairy products. Fare & Square is now processing orders directly from food pantries and providing delivery at little or no charge.
 
Fare & Square offers exceptionally competitive pricing on traditionally more expensive supermarket items, and ordering from Fare & Square is open to all food pantries, not just Philabundance members. For more information, please check out Fare & Square's Frequently Asked Questions. If you'd like to talk to someone at the store, you can contact Matt Geiger at (609) 792-3997 or Mike Basher at (215) 964-5414.
SPREAD THE VOTE
Voting is a critical way to have your voice heard, and this November’s election is as important as ever. In addition to the presidential race, Pennsylvanians will be electing all of the members of their State House of Representatives, and some State Senators.  Also, one of Pennsylvania’s Senate seats is up for election and the outcome of this race could affect whether the Democrats or Republicans control the Senate (which subsequently plays a big role in which judges are confirmed to the Supreme Court).   
 
The deadline to register to vote is October 11th in Pennsylvania. Please talk to pantry clients about voting and encourage people to register. We want to make sure that their voices are heard! Pennsylvanians can register to vote online at register.votespa.com. To inform clients about voter registration, please feel free to hang this flyer at your organization.
 
If you have further questions about voter registration, please contact Emma Kornetsky at ekornetsky@philabundance.org, or (215) 339-0900, x1002.
COALITIONS: AROUND THE COUNTY!
The InterCounty Food Network will meet in September 2016. For more information, contact Monica Oswald at foodcupboard@theopenlink.org.

The Nutrition Coalition will meet.in September, PA. Contact Britt Peterson for more information at Britt@mannaonmain.org.

Advocates Against Hunger will meet next on October 1. Contact Kary LaFors at AdvocatesAHLaFors@aol.com for more information.

The Eastern MontCo Pantry Coalition will meet in the fall. Contact Pat Druhan at pdruhan@cadcom.org to get information about upcoming meetings. 

The Main Line Coalition will meet in the fall. Contact Pat Druhan at pdruhan@cadcom.org to get information about upcoming meetings.

That’s all, thanks everyone!
MAHN Newsletter, August 2016
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